Even though Pierre Desjardins became a physicist and went on to a career in telecommunications, he was born a painter. He began a new life at the age of 52 when he took up his paintbrushes again, although he had never completely put them aside. Now he dedicates himself exclusively to his art. Pierre paints light, following the lead of his emotions and joining the ranks of the great Impressionist school of painters.
Desjardins learned quickly, and it was not long before he gained recognition. He has made a name for himself in urban painting without ever falling prey to simplistic notions. He remains very demanding of himself in his desire to communicate his wonder at the scenes that delight or move him. A tireless worker, Desjardins continually improves his technique and his palette of colours in order to better serve the light that is his passion.
More than ten years later, Pierre Desjardins confides, ”I am always in search of luminosity, and I pursue that special something that still escapes me, a unique recipe, a certain light à la Desjardins, a light that can communicate all the complexity and the poetry of contemporary urban life.“
After a rather solitary childhood, growing up on a farm, I spend the majority of my free time drawing. Life having a way of leading you down unexpected paths took me into scientific rather than artistic studies (BSc Physics). And life continued on to marriage, children, and a career in telecommunications which gave me the opportunity to travel around the world for several years.
Painting remains a constant through my life and occupies my leisure time. Over the years, it becomes a challenge, an obsession and finally a passion to which I have decided to commit myself entirely.
Art History, Quebec University in Montreal 2000-2004 Visual Art Certificate, Quebec University in Montreal 1996-1998 Mission Renaissance School - Painting and Drawing - Montréal 1988 à 1997 BSc. Physics, University of Montreal 1960 à 1964
Probably as a result of my background in science, I decided to study and master the impressionist painter's technique which provide me with the means to render on canvas the glowing effect of light that I am looking for. Most of my work and instruction have been in that direction and will continue in the same vein.
- Scottsdale Art School, Arizona (1998), Impressionist Techniques with Laura Robb.
- Travel to visit and study artwork in Southwest US (1998 & 2001).
- Travel US to visit Art Museums and impressionist galleries in Williamstown, Boston, New York (1997 & 1999).
- Reproduced impressionist art work (15) by Monet, Le Sidaner, Benson, Suzor Côté.
- Course on Impressionism, Montreal University, fall 1996.
- Study of Monet retrospective in Chicago, 1995.
- Travel US to study the american impressionists: Boston, New York and Washington, 1995.
- Travel to Paris, visited all of Monet's work in d'Orsay, Louvre, Petit Palais, Marmottan, travel to view and study the Monet cathedrals in Rouen, 1994.
- Travel to Paris to visit Monet's house and work in Giverny and a retrospective of Renoir in Paris, (1985)
Ateliers and Workshops
- Workshop Seymour Segal, Frelighsburg, 2006
- Scottsdale Art School, Arizona, american painters: Cathy Goodale, Dan Muiduch, Charles Soveck, Dan Robinson (2001)
- David E Leffel, Montréal (1998)
- Saydie Bronfman Art School :
- Mixed Media with Sophie Jodoin (1995)
- Advanced Painting Techniques with Tom Hopkins (1996)
- Studio work on Portrait and live models (1995-2000)
- Many workshops (1981-1985) with Quebec professional painters:
Marcel Favreau, Littorio del Signore, Michel Duguay, Pierre Duhamel.
Ménard, Amélie, Pierre Desjardins, Le bonheur est en avant, Magazin’art, 17ième année, no. 65, Automne 2004, page 89-91. et article traduit page 140-142.
Paquin, Nathalie, Pierre Desjardins, Le grand défi de la lumière, Parcours, Guide Annuel 2004-2005, Vol. 10, no 1, p.40
Magazin’art, Les gens qui font l’événement, « Une première exposition importante pour Pierre Desjardins à Montréal », 16ième année, no.3, printemps 2004, no.63, p. 61
Répertoire biennal des artistes canadiens en galerie, Magazin’art, 2004-2005
Répertoire biennal des artistes canadiens en galerie, Magazin’art, 2002-2003
Répertoire biennal des artistes canadiens en galerie, Magazin’art, 1999-2001
Agenda plume & Pinceaux de la Montérégie, Éditions Art Libre, 1998
Magazin’art, 11ième année, no.1 Fall 1998
De Roussan, Jacques, Guide de Roussan, 1998
Répertoire biennal des artistes canadiens en galerie, Magazin’art, 1997-1998
Magazin’art, 10ième année, no.1 Fall 1997
De Roussan, Jacques, Guide de Roussan, 1997
Courrier de la Rive Sud, October 1996